Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 093:371 (Jul 1936)
Article: Book Reviews
Author: Anonymous

Book Reviews

Scofield Reference Bible. By C. I. Scofield, D.D. Oxford University Press, American Branch. New York City.

A long surpressed attack is now released upon the notes of the Scofield Reference Bible. The extent of the delay is seen when it is observed that this edition of the Bible was first published in 1909 and Dr. C. I. Scofield, the author of the notes, died in 1922. In the twenty-seven years which have now elapsed since the first edition of this Bible was printed, about one million copies have been sold, practically every copy of which has been studied and assimilated by its owner as probably no edition of the Bible has been employed before. A number of more or less valuable reference Bibles have been produced, but none have approached to the sales accorded the Scofield Reference Bible.

Dr. C. I. Scofield, after serving four years in the Confederate Army and graduation from university, became a lawyer in St. Louis, Missouri, and a law partner of the late Senator Ingles, at which time he served important appointments under the government of the State of Missouri. At thirty-seven years of age he accepted Christ as his Savior and, as a result of that decision and the tremendous change which it wrought, he gave up the practice of law and began what proved to be a life study of the Scriptures. Dr. James H. Brooks, then pastor of the Washington and Compton Presbyterian Church, St. Louis-than whom his generation knew none mightier in the Scriptures-directed the theological studies of Mr. Scofield for three years. At the end of that period Mr. Scofield accepted the pastorate of a newly organized church in Dallas, Texas. About 1891, under the urgent solicitation of the late Dwight L. Moody, Dr. Scofield resigned the pastorate in Dallas, which had then assumed large proportions, and became pastor of the Trinitarian Congregational Church, of Northfield, Massachusetts, the home of D. L. Moody. This pastorate included the spiritual care of the Northfield Seminary for Women and the Matt Hermon School for Boys. Both of the schools were founded by Mr. Moody and were at that time more or less under his personal direction. By becoming pastor of the Northfield church, Dr. Scofield became

Mr. Moody’s pastor. Dr. Scofield was already widely known as an expositor of the Bible and author of the comprehensive correspondence course in the Bible which enrolled many hundreds of students, and is still greatly used of God, being now conducted by The Moody Bible Institute of Chicago. At Northfield Dr. Scofield became one of the leading factors in the spiritual influence which the Northfield summer conferences were then, under Mr. Moody’s direction, exercising. No attendant upon those early gatherings will fail to re...

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